Red Cross ready to handle crises during elections

The Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary-General Abbas Gullet has assured Kenyans that they are prepared to respond to any emergency that may arise during the forthcoming general election.

Speaking Friday morning during a breakfast meeting on election preparedness, Abass said they have deployed staff in all the 47 counties to respond to perceived emergencies before, during and after august 8th poll.

The Secretary General said Red Cross has established coordination mechanism with national government and other actors to respond to any unlikely situation during this electioneering period.

On the ongoing cholera outbreak, Abass said Red Cross is working closely with both national and county governments to help those affected by the pandemic.

Twelve counties across the country have been hit by cholera with the ministry of health saying Nairobi and Garissa are the worst hit Counties.

Cholera

There is an impending cholera outbreak in Migori as water shortage hit hard in the County. The locals are reportedly relying on receding River Migori despite dangers associated by its polluted waters.

The county has in the past been hit by cholera outbreak and the latest development appears to do little to shield the residents from cholera that has so far claimed three lives in Nairobi.

The County government says despite numerous challenges in its health sector, it is well prepared to handle a cholera outbreak.

In 2015, Migori County was declared a cholera hotbed after the outbreak was reported twice within a span of six months.

Kenya Medical Research Institute has urged Kenyans to be on high alert and take precautionary measures such as chlorinating their water for domestic use.

  

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